Opening Up?

I’m sure you’ve heard about the CDC new ruling about vaccinated people and masks, or the unmasking thereof. While I’d like for our world to open up again, I think we’re going to have a bumpy ride as the next few months progress. Forgive me, but I don’t see this happening peacefully considering how emotions are still running high and the mandate that only those who are vaccinated can be unmasked in certain situations. But then, I guess we’re relying on the Honor System.

It bothers me because of course, there will be someone who refuses to show their vax card and I can see how that could escalate into something ugly. I don’t have a crystal ball, but there’s a lot that’s going to be sticky when it comes down to the new rules. Because how can you monitor when HIPPA laws are such that you can’t really ask, but you don’t really know if someone is telling the truth or not.

It doesn’t matter to me at this point. I’m masked when I go out and that’s fine. I’ll continue to follow the rules as such and let’s see how it all unfolds. I don’t see how it’s going to go smoothly though.

I did go to the hardware store yesterday. On the front door the sign read “no mask no entry.” I watched a man stride across the parking lot and enter without a mask. I had mine on. We were in the same aisle a few times and still, no mask on him. And nobody stopped him. At one point his phone was ringing in his pocket. The ringtone sounded like a pained yowling animal which continued for quite awhile. At first I thought there was a wounded animal in the store. I turned to look at him and yes, I caught myself staring at him. He took the phone out of his pocket, looked at it and then returned it to his shorts. And then we stared at each other for a minute or two until I looked away, back to the shelves in front of me.

It was so bizarre. I got that feeling that he was not someone to mess with (not that I would have called him out on not wearing a mask because I wasn’t near him, nor do I work at the store). That’s not my business. And really, he seemed off somehow and I know better than to poke what looks like an angry bear. Nope. I don’t need to get into an altercation over a mask when he’s 20 feet away from me. I kept my distance and once he left, then I went up to the counter to pay. All the rest of the people in the store were wearing masks, including the young clerk.

I was mentioning this story to a friend and saying that I wouldn’t have said anything to him about not wearing a mask in the store because it’s not my store and he seemed off somehow. Like he was ready to fight the person who questioned him and it wasn’t going to be me. But it brought up those feelings of how many times I have chosen silence over potential conflict because I didn’t trust the other person’s energy.

Has this happened to you?

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6 Responses to Opening Up?

  1. scr4pl80 says:

    I agree that it may be difficult as things open up. I had the same thought as you with the whole honor system because truthfully, those folks who don’t want to get vaccinated are the same folks who didn’t want to wear masks to begin with. I probably wouldn’t have said anything to the unmasked gentleman but might have made it a point to move very far away if I came to a spot where he was. I have this “fear of being a Karen” thing since my kids point out to me when I am getting close.

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    • janieleeds says:

      Thanks Janet. Luckily we were never quite near enough so I didn’t have to move away from the unmasked man. And the “Karen thing” did cross my mind but also I didn’t trust that he wasn’t looking for someone to fight with so I left him alone.

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  2. petespringerauthor says:

    I suspect you are right. In California, where we live, masks are mandatory in stores until at least June 15th. However, in the last week, I saw three instances where people walked into stores without masks and were politely asked to put a mask on by the employees. After a lengthy discussion, one fellow finally complied. The other two did without much resistance.

    My wife and I have been fully vaccinated and flew out to Montana to see our son a couple of weeks ago. We’d only seen him once in over a year. Everyone on our flights was great. I wondered if someone would make an issue out of wearing masks on the plane, but everyone was cool. Very few people wore masks in Montana. Definitely a different culture there. The employees at the hotel did, but most travelers going through the lobby did not, but we felt safe the entire time. I remember you were wrestling with the decision about whether to get vaccinated or not, Janie. I hope you made a decision that was right for you. We’re heading to Minnesota in two weeks for a family reunion that we postponed last year because of Covid.

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    • janieleeds says:

      Thanks for sharing Pete. I hope your trip to Minnesota goes smoothly and as well as your Montana trip to see your son!
      We are opening up here in time for Memorial Day. But each establishment can choose to ask for masks worn (or not) which makes the owners responsible. I wish we had until June 15th as well. That would be better in my humble opinion.

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  3. The V Pub says:

    I think that there was a deep political divide on both sides with the mask mandates. Some of it stems from Fauci’s flip flop on whether masks were needed. Then there is big tech censorship of any dissenting opinion on Covid. If you said that the virus was leaked from a Chinese lab last year, you would have been taken down on youtube. Now, since the main media outlets are starting to socialize that, it’s suddenly alright. That’s what’s behind it for me. Do I trust the ‘trusted outlets’ for real information?

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    • janieleeds says:

      I hesitate to trust nowadays because of all of the flip flopping. Now that 6 feet of separation has been removed as well, I wonder if it’s because of new scientific data or what? Yes, I agree with you Rob.

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